Shani Mahiri King, Tami Charles, Alicia D. Williams, and More | Starred Reviews, February 2021

The Tulsa Massacre, the "unstoppable" storyteller Zora Neale Hurston, and tales from around the world, including China and Korea, all shine in the books SLJ starred this month.

Venetian Lullaby (Roth) ©2021 by Kendra Binney

Picture Books

Barrager, Brigette. Welcome Flower Child: The Magic of Your Birth Flower. Random. 

Boulay, Stéphanie. Riley Can’t Stop Crying. tr. from French by Charles Simard. illus. by Agathe ­­Bray-Bourret. Orca. 

Cyrus, Kurt. Trillions of Trees: A Counting and Planting Book. Holt. 

Ellsworth, Melanie. Clarinet and Trumpet. illus. by John Herzog. HMH. 

Fan, Larissa. Ten Little Dumplings. illus. by Cindy Wume. Tundra. 

Kelly, Scott with Emily Easton. Goodnight, Astronaut. illus. by Izzy Burton. Crown. 

Martinez-Neal, Juana. Zonia’s Rain Forest. Candlewick.

Roth, Judith L. Venetian Lullaby. illus. by Kendra Binney. Page Street.

Wang, Andrea. Watercress. illus. by Jason Chin. Holiday House/Neal Porter.


Middle Grade

Fipps, Lisa. Starfish. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen.

Gratz, Alan. Ground Zero. Scholastic.

Haydu, Corey Ann. One Jar of Magic. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen.

Steiger, A.J. Cathedral of Bones. HarperCollins/Harper.



Anderson, Cory. What Beauty There Is. Roaring Brook.

Bowman, Akemi Dawn. The Infinity Courts. S. & S.

Charles, Tami. Muted. Scholastic.

Elliott, David. The Seventh Raven. illus. by Rovina Cai. HMH.

Hur, June. The Forest of Stolen Girls. Feiwel & Friends. 

Joy, Amanda. A Queen of Gilded Horns. Putnam. 


Graphic Novels

Okorafor, Nnedi. After the Rain. adapt. by John Jennings. illus. by David Brame. Abrams/Megascope.



Clemesha, Chase. People of Pride: 25 Great LGBTQ Americans. Capstone.

Clendenan, Megan & Kim Ryall Woolcock. Design Like Nature: Biomimicry for a Healthy Planet. (Orca Footprints). Orca. 

Judge, Lita. The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together To Form a Natural Kingdom. Roaring Brook.

King, Shani Mahiri. Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter. illus. by Bobby C. Martin Jr. Tilbury House.

Roth, Susan L. & Cindy Trumbore. Butterfly for a King: Saving Hawai‘i’s Kamehameha Butterflies. illus. by Susan L. Roth. Lee & Low. 

Rusch, Elizabeth. Zee Grows a Tree. illus. by Will Hillenbrand. Candlewick. p. 88.

Stiefel, Chana. Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty. illus. by Chuck Groenink. Scholastic. 

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. illus. by Floyd Cooper. Carolrhoda.

Williams, Alicia D. Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston. illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy.


Adult Books 4 Teens

Greenidge, Kaitlyn. Libertie. Algonquin.


Professional Reading

Boerman-Cornell, William & Jung Kim. Using Graphic Novels in the English Language Arts Classroom. Bloomsbury Academic.

Dawkins, April M. Intellectual Freedom Issues in School Libraries. Libraries Unlimited.

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